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dc.contributor.authorGallas, G.
dc.contributor.authorPavao-Zuckerman, M.
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-19T23:20:17Z
dc.date.available2022-05-19T23:20:17Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.citationGallas, G., & Pavao-Zuckerman, M. (2022). Spatial cover and carbon fluxes of urbanized Sonoran Desert biological soil crusts. Scientific Reports.
dc.identifier.issn2045-2322
dc.identifier.pmid35388083
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41598-022-09769-7
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/664475
dc.description.abstractBiological soil crusts (BSC) are important contributors to nutrient cycling in arid environments such as the Sonoran Desert. BSC at an urban (University Indian Ruins) and at a non-urban site (Santa Rita Experimental Range) were compared to determine if their structure or function was influenced by proximity to an urban environment. The Step Point method was used in the field to determine ground cover; which was found to be similar between sites. However, the spatial distribution of the BSCs was significantly different, such that more BSCs were found under plants at the non-urban site (P < 0.05). Relative gross photosynthesis was measured in the lab by addition of a watering event. Gross photosynthesis was found to be higher in the non-urban BSCs (P < 0.001), indicating lowered productivity in urban BSCs due to effects caused by proximity to urban environments. This study provides evidence that BSCs at urbanized sites are affected functionally, and therefore may be contributing differently to carbon and nitrogen cycling in these ecosystems. © 2022, The Author(s).
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dc.publisherNature Research
dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s) 2022. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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dc.titleSpatial cover and carbon fluxes of urbanized Sonoran Desert biological soil crusts
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dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
dc.identifier.journalScientific Reports
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